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The Age of Innocence (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

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Publisher Comments:

The return of the beautiful Countess Olenska into the rigidly conventional society of New York sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society.

Newland Archer, an eligible young man of the establishment is about to announce his engagement to May Welland, a pretty ingénue, when May's cousin, Countess Olenska, is introduced into their circle. The Countess brings with her an aura of European sophistication and a hint of scandal, having left her husband and claimed her independence.

Her sorrowful eyes, her tragic worldliness and her air of unapproachability attract the sensitive Newland and, almost against their will, a passionate bond develops between them. But Archer's life has no place for passion and, with society on the side of May and all she stands for, he finds himself drawn into a bitter conflict between love and duty.

Synopsis:

When the Countess Ellen Olenska returns from Europe, fleeing her brutish husband, her rebellious independence and passionate awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to be married to her cousin May Welland, "that terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything". As the consequent drama unfolds, Edith Wharton's sharp ironic wit and Jamesian mastery of form create a disturbingly accurate picture of men and women caught in a society that denies humanity while desperately defending "civilization".

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140189704
Editor:
Wolff, Cynthia G.
Introduction:
Wolff, Cynthia Griffin
Introduction by:
Wolff, Cynthia Griffin
Introduction:
Wolff, Cynthia Griffin
Editor:
Wolff, Cynthia G.
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Wolff, Cynthia Griffin
Author:
Quinn, Laura Dluzynski
Author:
Wolff, Cynthia Griffin
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Upper class
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Upper class -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.79x5.11x.69 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140189704 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When the Countess Ellen Olenska returns from Europe, fleeing her brutish husband, her rebellious independence and passionate awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to be married to her cousin May Welland, "that terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything". As the consequent drama unfolds, Edith Wharton's sharp ironic wit and Jamesian mastery of form create a disturbingly accurate picture of men and women caught in a society that denies humanity while desperately defending "civilization".

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